How collaboration is improving acute hospital admission for people with dementia
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How collaboration is improving acute hospital admission for people with dementia

Nicola Wood Team lead, Liaison psychiatry for older people, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, NHS Forth Valley, Larbert, Scotland
Yvonne Cairns National dementia champion, NHS Forth Valley, Scotland
Barbara Sharp Policy and research adviser, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland

In November 2015 it became apparent that a person with dementia’s journey through the acute hospital was not always as streamlined as it should have been. There was evidence of late and multiple inter-ward transfers for this patient group that could potentially have a detrimental effect on individuals’ and carers’ well-being.

The aim of this project was to examine current processes around patient flow and decision-making, explore any themes arising and identify opportunities for improving transitions of care.

Collaborative working among various specialties has resulted in increased transfers before 8pm, a reduction in transfers after midnight and a reduction in inter-ward transfers.

Nursing Older People. 29, 9,21-25. doi: 10.7748/nop.2017.e990

Correspondence

nicola.wood5@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Nicola Wood was highly commended for this project in the Nursing Older People category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017

Nursing Older People would like to thank Bupa for sponsoring the award

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Received: 30 August 2017

Accepted: 26 September 2017